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Sunday Discussion: Now What?

Yeah, gonna be a long few weeks. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
Yeah, gonna be a long few weeks. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

So the dust is starting to settle, and the biggest waiver-deadline trade ever is complete. Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett are now wearing Dodger blue. Boston's got a couple of intriguing new pitching prospects, a load of freed-up money, and also a James Loney. The rest of this week will likely be spent sorting out the storyline surrounding the move. We'll hear more from Ben Cherington about the rationale for the move, and probably try to figure out exactly how drunk he got Ned Colletti in order to both dump those contracts AND get prospects back. We'll get to know the new Red Sox, and pass quick judgment on whether they're tough enough mentally for Boston. And of course, we'll all be treated to the ritual backstabbing of the recently departed.

But today I thought we'd briefly take the long view. Now that Boston's totally remade its team, and gone from completely hemmed in financially to rolling in free cash, what should they do? Obviously going out and grabbing every big-name free agent on the market is what got them here in the first place, so that seems unwise. But hey, maybe not, and maybe there are players out there who'd be worth the investment. Should they be pursuing more trades, or fully committing to growing from within?

It's a whole new world for this team all of a sudden. Where should they go next? Chat it up.